Thanksgiving day is right around the corner. Have you gotten your turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie? Don’t worry, you still have some time! But have you thought about what you can do the days leading up to Thanksgiving with the kids to keep them entertained and in the thankful spirit? Here are a few ideas for things you can do with the kids this Thanksgiving.
Start a Thankful Jar:
Every day for the rest of the week have the kids write down one thing they are thankful for and put it in a jar. Make it fun and have the kids decorate the jar as well as each piece of paper they write on. Then, on Thanksgiving day, let the kids pass the jar around reading all of the things they are thankful for. This is a fun and crafty way to remind children that celebrate Thanksgiving isn’t all about the food!
If you and the kids don’t already volunteer your time, then the holiday season is the perfect time to start. There are many kid friendly volunteer opportunities in the Charlotte area. Whether you want to help out with birds at the Carolina Raptor Center, work in a community garden, or help sort and pack food donations, there is plenty of need for good volunteers. Be sure to check out the organization’s website before deciding where to volunteer. Some organizations have age limits.
Get the kids involved:
A lot of times the majority of Thanksgiving day is spent with one (or a few) people stuck in the kitchen making the food. It can even start early the night before with meal prep. Why not get the kids involved? Put together a list of fun and safe ways the kids can help out with making Thanksgiving dinner. Not only will this keep them entertained but it will give them a new sense of pride knowing that they helped make the food for their family and friends.
The traditional Thanksgiving table place cards:
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a table filled with homemade place cards! Once you have your final guest list have the kids make place cards with everyone’s name on them. You can go with the traditional hand turkeys or mix it up and have each place card be a different food item that will be found on the table.
Go to the Parade!
Don’t forget, Charlotte has its very own Thanksgiving Day parade! The Charlotte Thanksgiving parade has been going on since 1947 and will continue this year. The parade is Thanksgiving morning at 9AM and will begin at 9th street and head south on Tryon all the way down to Stonewall. There will be vendors with hot cocoa, donuts, breakfast sandwiches and more. Bring the kids and enjoy musical performances, marching bands, beautiful floats and so much more!
We hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are so thankful for all of you and your support for Charlotte’s Best Nanny Agency!